Chosen by my food-loving family, not for its gluten free food, but for the menu and reputation, the Scran and Scallie was the venue for a family birthday lunch this week. It wasn’t even my birthday, but it might as well have been: the menu has more than five choices of starter and main course which are gluten free. The restaurant is slightly out of town in Stockbridge, on the edge of the New Town, but certainly worth a detour if you want high quality and a good range of gluten free choices in Edinburgh.
First off, the decor of Scran & Scallie is relaxed and the staff are friendly. Lots of exposed wood, some really nice blue walls and a very cheerful vibe gives it a good atmosphere and we felt at home immediately. The service is really good and my announcement of being coeliac was almost welcomed, as the restaurant is so positive about its moves to embrace gluten free diners. I was told straight off that the chips were gluten free and I had already spotted gluten free fish & chips on the menu online – something you don’t see often in Edinburgh.
By this time I was pretty full, but had a look at the pudding menu and here was my only slight disappointment of the meal. On the a la carte and specials menu the only gluten free option was cheese. However, I did spot a good looking Eton Mess slope past our table and we worked out that I could have had this from the set lunch menu, if I had asked. Fortunately I was too full to mind the pudding choices and a cup of loose-leaf peppermint tea was great, but I was surprised that after so many choices of starter and main that the pudding choice was so skimpy.
Nothing spoiled this lunch for me though! It was brilliant throughout. It has taken us a while to get to the Scran & Scallie, largely because it is a hugely popular restaurant – and rightly so. We will be back, as we all completely loved our meals and the service and atmosphere was just terrific.
The Scran & Scallie is not a budget option, but every scrap of food and drink was worth every penny. It’s a very good place for an excellent gluten free meal and I highly recommend it. Book well in advance and don’t eat much before you go – the portions and staff are equally generous.